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Christians living requires that people make church part of their fall routine

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The end of July is upon us, and with the close of the month also comes the winding down of summer.
Sure, we have a few sweltering days ahead of us, and yes…the last day of summer is not until Sept. 21, but really, it is the coming of the new school year that signals the end of summer.  
I know it is not necessarily a happy time for students and teachers, but for the rest of us, the beginning of school brings us back into a routine.
Summer break offers a very good pause in the routines of families and churches. The kids are home during the day, it is a good time for vacations, and in church life this is when many go to youth camp and have Vacation Bible School.
A side effect of the break in our routines is that we might also fall out of the routine of worshipping together with our church family.  
It is easy to sleep in on Sunday morning when we get out of our groove, because we have been out of town, need to finish a project at the house, our kids have been to five different camps, and we slept in last week which felt really good.
If this is you, I promise that you are not alone. It is possible that some reading this may have not been to church in a while.
I would like to encourage you, though, with a passage from Hebrews. There, the author writes: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Jesus died on the cross so that those who repent of sin and believe in Him can be forgiven as individuals. However, followers of Jesus have been called to live in community with each other.
 God desires that we grow together, minister together, worship together, and encourage one another as we wait for the Savior to return. The Christian life is incomplete without this.  
My hope for you, if you have not been with your church family in a while, is that you would find the stability of fall and the coming school schedule as an opportunity to start worshipping with them regularly.  God does not intend for his people to live apart from him or each other.

The Rev. Chris Kazee is pastor of the Worthville Baptist Church in Worthville, Ky.